All Points East: Bad Luck's Festival Guide


Warm air, warm beer. Really nothing quite like it. Add a dose of music and you’ve got yourself a hell of a festival season. There’s a ton on this year and it’s hard to pick where your hard earned cash should go, but with a line up as good as All Points East, it should probably be at the top of the list. Even with a line up so good it can be overwhelming (this one sorta is…), so being the lovely folk we are we’ve broken down who you should definitely be watching on 25th May.

The Strokes

Well, I guess this goes without saying. New York indie heavyweights top the bill and rightly so. With stellar albums under their belt, Casablancas and co are definitely on your list of bands to see before you die. With the pleasure of catching them a few years back, their lo-fi indie charm replicates live well. With a somewhat awkward frontman, The Stokes have cemented themselves in rock and roll history. It’s not to be missed.

Johnny Marr

The non-asshole member of The Smiths who was responsible for the incredible riff in How Soon Is Now? Say no more.

Fat White Family

With a shit hot new record out, the south London heroes return to the big stage. Capable of filling a field or the Brixton Windmill, these guys have always been notorious live. With rumours from their early days, to now a polished and impressive set of post punk with pop twists, Fat Whites are sure to be a highlight.

Parquet Courts

Listen to any of the records and you’ll understand why these arty-indie types are incredible. Wait till Wide Awake drops… Watch the entirety of Victoria Park have a boogie.

Courtney Barnett

Whenever it’s sunny, Barnett is right at the top of a Bad Luck playlist. Her Aussie story telling is like a contemporary Dylan, tackling the mundane and making them seem interesting. What a joy she is.

Connan Mockasin

Sunshine psych. What more do you need for a day at Victoria Park? Possibly one of the most talented artists around right now.


Now, with us having booked Temples for Astral Festival 2019, they must be good, right? There’s a new record brewing somewhere, and from anthemic indie pop to 60s beat, Temples have it all. Hopefully we will hear the band play a couple of the new record that they’ve been teasing on Instagram.

Amyl and the Sniffers

Probably the best punk band around. Long live Amyl and the Sniffers.

The Nude Party

Party is literally in their name. So is Nude, but this isn’t the summer of love anymore so I guess keep your clothes on. Or not. It’s whatever. After catching these guys at The Old Blue Last a while back we’ve been aching to get them back to the UK. All Points East answered our prayers. They’re back.

Also notable acts include Yak, BC Camplight, Viagra Boys, Jarvis Cocker… and pretty much everyone else. For full info on All Points East, plus the line up for other days, check out their website here.